Unfogging the future: Investigating a strengths-based program to build capacity and resilience in parents with mental illness

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Abstract

Objective: This paper presents a case study of a strength-based and recovery-focused parenting program designed for parents with a mental illness.

Method: The face-face program was delivered at a regional health organisation in Victoria, Australia and consisted of interactive and reflective weekly modules. Data were gathered using an interpretivist case study design, using a small sample of 4 parents and 2 program facilitators. Participating parents completed weekly reflective activities and program facilitators were interviewed about the implementation of the program.

Results: Findings indicated that parents particularly valued the opportunity to meet with other parents with a mental illness and found aspects of the program covering communication strategies, reducing stress and setting routines most useful. Strengths identified by facilitators included increased group cohesion and flexibility in the program which could be adapted to the group's needs.

Discussion: While recruitment to the program was difficult, this was possibly due to stigma around mental illness. However, although participant numbers were low, a small group size allowed for a personalised and tailored implementation of the program, meeting the particular needs of each parent.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalAdvances in Mental Health
Volume17
Issue number1
Early online date18 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Jan 2019

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